Work could finally launch in 5 more years on a $6 billion project that will see the rebuilding and reconfiguring of Interstate 10 as it slices through El Paso.
What has been called Reimagine I-10 has been promoted by the Texas Department of Transportation as a series of proposals designed to make traffic flow more smoothly on a section of highway traveled by up to 100,000 vehicles a day.
Transportation officials say that because of the heavy traffic and the age of portions of the highway’s infrastructure, a 6-mile section between Center Boulevard and Copia Street needs to be updated.
To that end, the DOT has conducted several public outreach sessions, resulting in a series of conceptual ideas on how to best proceed.
Those sessions have aired resident concerns regarding the impact the project may have on adjacent historic districts and neighborhoods.
Earlier studies conducted by the DOT have forecast a tripling of the I-10 traffic load in the next 20 years, while also noting the large number of more than 50 year-old bridges in the corridor that are not up to current design standards.
Comments will be accepted by the DOT on the most recent I-10 upgrade ideas until March 16.
If the work actually does begin in 2026, it is thought that it will be completed by late 2029.
By Garry Boulard
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